Jennifer C. Harman-Traniello is an American poker professional.
Raised in Reno, Nevada, Harman started playing poker at the young
age of eight years old, taking an interest in her father's regular
home games. Despite being introduced to the game so young, she did
not make poker her sole focus until later in life; instead she
pursued education, and studied (close to home) at the University of
Nevada, Reno, graduating with a degree in Biology.
When she first decided to pursue poker on a professional basis,
it estranged Harman from her father for several years - the two
having almost no contact for the entire time. In 2000, Jennifer won
her first World Series of Poker bracelet for the No Limit Duece
to Seven Lowball event - a game that she had never played
prior to the event, receiving only a five minute crash course from
fellow poker pro Howard Lederer shortly before. She is one of very
few women to hold multiple WSOP bracelets.
Jennifer Harman has undergone two kidney transplants - one as a
child and a second one later in life. She took a year away from
poker in 2004 to undergo her second kindey transplant, and shortly
after the operation she founded the non-profit organisation
Creating Organ Donor Awareness (CODA). In addition to her
work with CODA, Harman is a frequent Charity Poker Tournament host,
and is a supporter and fundraiser for the NSPCA - the Nevada
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Interesting Fact: Supposedly, Jennifer was so good even from
a very young age, that her father would often put her at the table
in his place during his regular home games whenever he was